As New York City digs out from winter storm Juno, there are several shows art goers should defiantly make an effort to see this week. On view until February 22 at Brooklyn based gallery, Smack Mellon is “Respond.” The exhibition features 200 artists from around the world and was organized in response to the grand jury decision that came down on December 3 to not indict officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Garner. Garner was killed on July 17th in Staten Island when a New York City police officer put him in a choke hold. The decision sparked protests all over the U.S. and resulted in many artists, writers, and political activists responding to this horrific incident. The exhibition will feature events occurring through the end of February including movie events, performances and poetry readings all in an effort to raise awareness around police brutality and for many of the lives that have been lost as a result of it. For times and dates for these events please refer to the Smack Mellon website.
Another show that is up until 2/21 is “Science, Fiction” at the David Zwirner Gallery in Chelsea which features the work of filmmaker and installation artist Diana Thater. Thater who has been creating video work for the past twenty years has created three pieces which are featured in this latest exhibition. The show explores the interrelationship between man-made and natural spaces and Thater uses footage of the Milky Way that she shot while at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. The installation also explores the dung beetle and it’s ability to nagivate using the Milky Way. It is one of the most interesting shows I have seen so far this year and also is a precursor to Thater’s fall 2015 mid career retrospective that will be at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Be sure to check out these shows and many others that open in and around the five boroughs.